The photo above of the maquette which stands only 14 inches tall demonstrates the extreme attention to detail in all of Abbe' Godwin's work.


What makes the North Carolina Memorial unique to all others is that it is a memorial to the Corpsmen who served the United States Marines injured in Battle.


The memorial is being designed in such a way to honor all those who served alongside the Marine as Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen.  It is intended to be a place of honor and reflection, a place of recognition of the duties performed and the bonds forged in conflict.


These men and women who have served at the side of the Marine are a breed among themselves, forged in the training and the experiences that they have shared with the Marines.  They have treated others while suffering injury themselves.  They have carried wounded from the battlefields while under fire.  They have saved lives and given their own without hesitation.


They have comforted, treated, and cared for thousands in the rank of the Marines, and yet they have not asked for any glory for themselves, except the honor to serve.


World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, and so many other places where Marines have come under fire, Corpsmen have been there to do their duty... to do their best, to bring the Marines home alive.


This is why we now choose to honor them..  The Corpsmen Memorial will be built near the entrance to Camp Johnson, Jacksonville, North Carolina in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens.  The memorial will feature one of a kind original statues forged in tribute to the FMF Corpsmen.  The walkways will be paths of honor paved with bricks.


The U.S. Navy Corpsmen's relationship with the Fleet Marine Forces goes back more than 114 years... since the first corpsmen landed with the Marine Expeditionary Unit at Guantanamo, Cuba.   The Jacksonville area is home of one of the two commands that trained corpsmen for duty with the Marines since 1950,  "A memorial is long overdue."


From the beginning, the development team has chosen to make every effort to capture the reality of the unique, and intense bond of brotherhood that binds those who served as Navy Corpsmen and those who served as Marines in the field of conflict.  The statues will be lifesize, ultra realistic, and circled by a brick walkway paved with bricks cast with the names of Corpsmen who gave their lives to serve the Marines.  From every angle of the Memorial those who visit it will be reminded of the Marines who gave their lives in defense of the values of this nation. 

copyright 2010, Abbe Godwin

copyright 2010, Abbe Godwin

copyright 2010, Abbe Godwin

copyright 2010, Abbe Godwin